Taree Sansbury 2018

Taree Sansbury spoke to wombat radio a year ago about her upcoming work MI:WI  (can listen back to that here – http://wombatradio.com.au/taree-sansbury/)

Now that Mi:Wi has premiered at NextWave Festival, Taree takes some time reflecting on how the process unfolded and her feelings around it.

Info about the work from program:

mi:wi is a new dance theatre work that will show a world where past and future are intertwined using contemporary indigenous dance technique and the cultural practice of weaving from the Ngarrindjeri people of South Australia.

As Mother Nature’s fate hangs by a thread, we find ourselves scrambling for a lifeline. Though sometimes tangled, the connection back to our ancestry might just hold the answer. ‘Mi:wi’ refers to the invisible ties we have to our past and future, people and country. In this arresting dance-based work, choreographer and dancer Taree Sansbury thoughtfully re-connects three Indigenous women through the practice of traditional Ngarrindjeri weaving.

Looking back and moving forward with a growing sense of urgency, mi:wi speaks to the impact of climate change on ways of life while emphasising the importance of the passing on of culture to future generations. With one eye on the future and the other on the past, Sansbury weaves strands of timeless indigenous wisdom through the fragmented madness of our times.

Venue: Main Hall, Northcote Town Hall
Tickets: FULL $28, CONCESSION $23

Choreographer/ Performer: Taree Sansbury
Performers: Caleena Sansbury, Katina Olsen
Ngarrindjeri Elder/ Cultural consultant: Phyllis Williams
Lighting Designer/Stage Manager: Cheryn Frost
Costume Designer: Peta Strachan
Mentor: Vicki Van Hout
Image: Jamie James


you can read a review of Mi:Wi here – http://artsreview.com.au/miwi/


more info:

facebook event page

UNSW residency 

Performance Space (Sydney) Residency

DirtyFeet bio

ashley mclellen

Ashley Mclellan is an award winning dancer who is currently very busy with nothing.


we talk about:


  • living somewhere
  • doing
  • existing
  • counting the other asians in the room
  • photography
  • improvisation
  • time
  • curious about the present
  • true nature




Kassidy Waters

Kassidy Waters is a 22-year old emerging artist from the Hunter Valley in NSW. She is a proud Aboriginal Wanaruah Woman.


(i’m excited by) “what can’t we see that shapes everything” – KW


we talk about:

  • space
  • dancing
  • living in and out of cities
  • community barn dance
  • employment as a dancer
  • indigeneity and tasking in a dance process
  • the fresh prince of bel air
  • pilates scholarship
  • upcoming dirty feet residency – apply here
  • Darug dances and land
  • studio process
  • vibrational hum of the universe
  • catfish
  • creating your own universe
  • growing up around animals





people mentioned:

  • fresh prince of bel air
  • vicki van hout
  • yothu yindi
  • Seini Taumoepeau
  • Beyonce


bat echolocation explanation explained in a song – http://bats.mattcornell.com

Sami Jane Smith

“I do all of the dance things” – Sami Jane Smith.


  • ausdance DAIR residency – “Like a lady
  • tasking eg. making the audience uncomfortable
  • improvising
  • directing using your words
  • growing up ‘out west’
  • sexuality
  • vulnerability
  • doing something that’s important to yourself
  • teaching
  • conduct


mentioned and links:

Katina Olsen

Katina Olsen is a proud Wakka Wakka and Kombumerri dancer / choreographer currently based between Sydney and the Sunshine Coast in Australia. We focus on respecting and questioning tradition with in her work.


“to have the platform that my mother, grandmother, great grandmother, didn’t have” – Katina Olsen


we talk about:

  • who Katina is
  • living between two cities
  • beginning as a choreographer
  • cultural protocols
  • traditional vs contemporary aboriginal dance
  • INstar
  • critical path residency
  • choreographing on QUT students
  • Min Min lights/stories
  • being on country in Norway and parts of Australia
  • working
  • blak friday event
  • heritage, lineage, embodiment
  • Acknowledging country residency at Critical Path
  • being visible as indigenous and as a woman
  • having dances withheld
  • historical vs cultural
  • respecting and questioning tradition
  • the power of conversation
  • Yalu dad
  • having witnesses and being accountable
  • emoji skin colour tone usage eg:  👌🏾 💃🏼





The team of @_Why includes Surge Dance CollectiveBrianna Law, Nadia Milford, Laura McNally as choreographers with all three artists also performing and being joined onstage by Reina Takeuchi.


We spoke about multiple waves of feminism and a driving force for this show being where the team find themselves in today’s social norms.



Anna Catherine

Anna Kallstrom is a professional dance artist, currently training with Lion Heart Dance Company as well as embarking on her own explorations and understanding of dance.


we talk about:

  • books
  • free studio space
  • using a video camera in rehearsals
  • labelling yourself

and much more!


images of anna